The Broken Shore

The Broken Shore

Book rating: 05 Paperback

By (author) Peter Temple

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  • Publisher: Quercus Publishing Plc
  • Format: Paperback | 352 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 198mm x 13mm | 280g
  • Publication date: 3 February 2011
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0857383493
  • ISBN 13: 9780857383495
  • Sales rank: 7,064

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Broken by his last case, homicide detective Joe Cashin has fled the city and returned to his hometown to run its one-man police station while his wounds heal and the nightmares fade. He lives a quiet life with his two dogs in the tumbledown wreck his family home has become. It's a peaceful existence - ideal for the rehabilitating man. But his recovery is rudely interrupted by a brutal attack on Charles Bourgoyne, a prominent member of the local community. Suspicion falls on three young men from the local Aboriginal community. But Cashin's not so sure and as the case unfolds amid simmering corruption and prejudice, he finds himself holding on to something that it might be better to let go. The relentless story of a town with a hidden past versus a man who is trying to forget his, The Broken Shore delivers powerful, lean writing, pumping more muscle and feeling into one paragraph than other writers can muster in a page.

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Peter Temple is one of Australia's most acclaimed writers, and the only author to have won the Ned Kelly Prize five times. Truth, his ninth and most recent novel, won the 2010 Miles Franklin Award. He lives in Ballarat, Australia, with his family.

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By Neroli Martin 22 Oct 2011 5

Fantastic Book - I couldnt put it down, humorous but gripping.Well worth a read.

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'The Broken Shore is the best debut novel I've read this year' Harlan Coben. 'The Broken Shore is a great discovery; a gripping tale from a writer who assuredly takes the reader to places never been before' Michael Connelly. 'Temple's work is spare, deeply ironic; his wit, like the local beer, as cold as a dental anaesthetic' Australian. 'It's hard to know where to start praising this book. Plot, style, setting and characters are all startlingly good' Sydney Morning Herald.